Apr 25

This is how all Swedish women walk around. No need for sheep.Click for larger image

Herman Comments: My Swedish masseuse translates this as “The Shipwreck on Tschai”

Published 1970

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.50 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Skeppsbruten på Tschai”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Where Bernie Clifton is worshipped as a God!

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Min Raket Skibet är Skeppsbruten!

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    The rejected dream sequence for Wild Strawberries, when it was called Wild Shrooms.

  4. Ray P Says:

    So confusing that I thought the sky was a river with the shooter floating by a capsized dinghy. Now I’m more confused.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Editor: This so perfectly captures the otherworldly atmosphere that Jack Vance strives to evoke .

  6. Raoul Says:

    “I don’t understand. What is this ‘Wankh’ you are looking for?”

  7. fred Says:

    These foreign compact sporty tauntauns make for a poor sleeping bag, but are great at impressing the ladies.

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    “Hey, her eyes are up there!” Pew! Pew!

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    As@Bibliomancer reminds me, it’s time for another episode of “The Raket and Skibet Show”!

    intro and outro music

    Raket: Hey you Skibet, what are you doing riding that bug-eyed dinosaur? Are you again seeking out the gossamer-clad ladies to impress? You stop on that, for it is wrong!


    Skibet: Hey you Raket be minding your own business or the beast will show you more than its tongue!

    R: And where did you get those tights on your legs? They are looking more like they should be on the damsel for they give you girl-legs!


    S: I took them off your mom, Raket!

    (oohs and aahs)

    R: Not too funny, Skibet for you still look like a fool and the damsel is not interested in your big moustache either.

    S: You are not one to talk, Raket, for you seem to be riding on a giant spermatozoa spaceship.


    R: I too am trying to catch the damsel’s attention. And you know what they say: big sperm, big . . .

    S: Big ninny!

    R: Now you are talking about the damsel in a not respectful way, though, yes, they are rather impressive.

    S: Not the damsel, Skibet, you are the big ninny. (laughter) The damsel will have no interest in you.

    R: Let’s ask her—hey you Damsel, which of us will you choose, Raket or Skibet?

    Damsel: I am from an Ingmar Bergman film and have nothing but angst inside of me. My lack of outer affect perfectly matches my lack of inner awareness. I might consider the bug-eyed dinosaur, but any attempt at meaningful interaction is futile, as is life.

    (oohs and aahs; muttering of “wow, that’s deep”)


    S: Forget it, Raket, let’s go on a picnic.

    R: Good idea, Skibet, for now I am depressed!


    VOICEOVER: Will Raket and Skibet ever find the damsel of their dreams? What will they eat on their picnic? Will Bokrug demand the return of his google-eyed pet? Find out next week on “The Raket and Skibet Show!” Thursdays at 9 pm!

    intro and outro music

  10. Alice Says:

    “Shipwreck on Tschai”? More like “Trainwreck at Lindqvist”.

    @B.Chiclitz – GSS!

  11. Ray P Says:

    Ingmar Bergman actress? She looks like she stepped off the set of a different type of Swedish movie.

  12. THX 1139 Says:

    @Ray P: Ah, a fellow Christina Lindberg fan!

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Fine work, B. Chiclitz!

    It does have something of an “interplanetary sex farce” air about it: I wonder if the artist was a fan of Barbarella?

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: It’s always a good day when there’s Raket and Skibet.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @THX 1139—I heard they tried to get Bergman to direct Swedish Willdcats but he turned it down because he felt he couldn’t handle its philosophical depths.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @B.Chic: Good Show, Sir! Another swell episode of Raket and Skibet!

    This really does look like someone did too many shrooms, watched Swedish sex farces and 50’s pulp sci-fi movies, and (still high, that explains the lack of decent perspective) painted this.

    I wonder if Vance ever saw this, and if so, what he thought.

  17. Ryan Says:

    1. Who is holding the giant ladle or niblick-mashie that the guy in the sky is sitting upon? Is it a very large spoon far away, or a very small, armed creature suspended just over Inga’s head?

    2. How does the green beast walk with those elongated toes? It must be like the progress of a man wearing swim-fins.

    3. How uncomfortable would that stirrup-panty arrangement be to actually use? Moustache man would lose all his toenails in about twenty minutes.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:


    1. Bonus points for mashie niblick. I’m thinking it’s just above Inga’s head.

    2. Is it possible the green beast jumps like a frog? We did have an extended discussion recently about a traveler in this series — probably the same guy — riding a beast what might go BOING across the landscape of Tschai.

    All the riding animals on Tschai go BOING. It’s part of it being a Planet of Adventure.

    3. In less than 20 min. if my speculation about #2 is true.

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS x-N: Was Jack Vance therefore riffing on Spike MIlligan?

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Ryan: in Socialist Sweden, all our rocket cars are super compact! [1] And propelled by highly compressed fruit juice!

    [1] I mean, really compact. Clicking to embiggen, I think the guy with a gun would have to remove at least part of his legs to fit.

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The mantis-lizard-fly-frog seems more interested in the damsel than the guy is.

  22. anon Says:

    This is pretty much the best I can do:
    Fotven, rent golv – bok ett: Epp på ridhästen från Vujun tar på pungar av ljushåriga damer, super, renar sten.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @anon: I’m agog that you managed anything at all. I ran that through Google Translate — which recognized it as Swedish — and you got a few of the images in there quite plainly.

  24. anon Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: Sadly, it’s not that amazing.
    Anyway, unless I got things horribly wrong with half-forgotten grammar, limited vocabulary and a web dictionary, which is always a distinct possibility (and I’m sure at least A.R.Yngve will let us know), below is what I aimed at. Some things ended up less than ideal, so prepare for disappointment:
    SHIT ON STONES, EPP BUSCH (or rocks)
    Foot vein, clean floor – book one: Epp on the riding horse from Vujun grabs crotches of light-haired ladies, drinks (booze), cleans stone.

    I had plans to include the hovership guy, but the letters refused to cooperate when I had a word for him. The title always limits things, too, because it should somehow connect to the rest and you can’t get much out of it.

    There are so many great things in that cover, though, like the moustache, the rider’s full-body pantyhose and his lady-like legs in the high-heels/diaper saddle.

  25. A. R. Yngve Says:

    I’ve seen this book once! In a library in Sweden, sometime around 1990.
    Even back then I thought it looked incredibly booby – uh, I mean goofy!

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I don’t see any underpinnings on Inga’s chest, which means that the beasts ain’t the only thing that goes BOING! on this planet.

  27. Emster Says:

    Wow, that’s a bad cover… I am very impressed! GSS!

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